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  • Excessive hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity
  • Poor ability to sustain attention – even when interested
  • Diminished persistence on tasks not having immediate positive consequences
  • Often shift from one uncompleted activity to another
  • Impaired social judgments
  • More active, restless than many other children
  • Often talk excessively
  • Often interrupt or physically intrude on others (for example, butt into games)
  • Difficulty adhering to rules and regulations
  • Often lose things necessary for tasks or activities at home or school
  • May appear inattentive to instructions and details
  • Highly sensitive to criticism
  • Problem behaviours exist across all settings, but may be more severe in some
  • Variability in task performance and time used to accomplish tasks

Bright children are often referred to psychologists (or paediatricians) as they exhibit behaviours commonly associated with ADHD (for example, restlessness, impulsivity, or day-dreaming). However, almost all of these behaviours can be present in gifted children, particularly twice exceptional children. Little attention has been given to the similarities and differences between these two groups, therefore raising the potential for misidentification in both areas-giftedness and ADHD. While it is possible to be ADHD and gifted, it is also possible to present as ADHD but just be gifted and bored…or misunderstood.


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